Opening reception: Saturday, 17 November from 4pm onwards
For her second solo exhibition at the gallery, Camille Ayme presents a body of work focusing on various elements such as construction materials (in her 2016 show, entitled Sédimentalisme, the artist had combined fossil fuels with nostalgia). Camille Ayme presents her research on natural and man-made elements.
The exhibition tells a story of original elements and their various finished forms. In the geographical area of Greater Paris, 40 million-year-old white rock formations can be found within mountain ranges, where diggers the size of elephants pull loads of raw material out of the ground. The remains one of the last two rainforests in Europe is located southeast of Sarajevo. The forest completely encircles a monolithic white structure, faceted like a gemstone. Along the road, a string of houses can be seen in their grey brutality.
The association between construction materials and raw elements (steel and gypsum, brick and enamel, paper and pine) never ceases to question their well-established relationship. Despite their physical absence, humans are omnipresent in the unfinished state of half-built, abandoned buildings.
Mélancolie du moellonis an exhibition that analyzes how natural elements become construction materials, suppressed forests and fields littered with cinder blocks.
Camille Ayme graduated from the Ecole d’Architecture of Paris La Villette, followed by the Ecole d’Art of Paris-Cergy.
Her work in fine art employs components of modern cities and as well as mobility.
After her participation in the Salon of Montrouge (2012) where she presented aerial photography of a nearly-empty American city, California City, she was then the winner of the Delano-Aldrich Grant (2013) at the American Institute of Architecture. Her research is thus based on the typology of American highways as well as the deformation of urban structures. This vision of translated landscapes is presented in Paysages Résilients, whereas What Else Is Therecombined road trip imagery with that of the automobile industry. This research lead to an exhibition with Nelson Bourrec Carter, entitledHere With Me, presented in 2015 at the Galerie Ygrec, in Paris. It was also part St. Etienne’s Biennale du Designin the group show entitled, Tu nais, tuning, tu meurs. Winner of the 2017 photography commission entitled Les regards du Grand Paris, organized by the Centre national des arts plastiques(CNAP) and the Ateliers Medicis, she used artificial light inside of contructed pavillions to evoke a forgotton World War 1 story. In November 2018, she embarked on an ongoing thesis, co-led by the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie of Arles and the University of Aix-Marseille, which explores the landscapes of quarries.
Born in 1983, Saint-Etienne, France.
Lives and works in Paris, France.
2018 Mélancolie du moellon, Galerie Virginie Louvet, France
2016 Sédimentalisme, Galerie Virginie Louvet, France
2015 Here with Me, Galerie Ygrec, Paris, France
2013Salton Sea, Albert Kahn Museum, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
2017 « You really know where you are. For the First Time in History », Unicorn Center for Art, Beijing, China
« Nous n’aurons de cesse d’explorer », Double V Galerie, Marseille, France
2016 A Great Event is In The Making. But No One Has Noticed, Intelligentsia Gallery, Beijing, China
Superfetish, Ying Space, Beijing, China
The Materialist Postscript, Galerie Philine Cremer, Düsseldorf, Germany